Choral Evensong

zondag 7 augustus 2022 19:00 t/m 20:00

On Sunday 7th August 2022, the Ninth Sunday of Trinity, all are invited to the Choral Evensong, a service in English. With:

* Cappella Sine Nomine, conducted by Bram Trowborst

* Niels de Klerk, Organ

* Reverend Harold Schorren

The Lessons are: Song of Solomon 8:5-7 and 2 Peter 3:8-13

The Psalm is Psalm 115

Preces and Responses: John Amner (1579-1641)

Magnificat: and Nunc Dimittis: William Stonard (c 1585-1630)

Hymn: The duteous day now closeth (NEH 253)

Anthem: O Maria super foeminas: Orazio Vecchi (1550-1605)

Hymn: Shall we not love thee, Mother dear (NEH 184)

Evensong is the form of Evening Prayer that is distinctive to the Church of England and other Churches of the Anglican Communion. It includes elements from the medieval Latin evening services or Vespers and Compline, and has been largely unchanged since the first English language Book of Common Prayer of 1549.

The heart of the service consists of the following sequence. After the opening responses sung by the Minister and Choir, the root of the Christian faith in the Old Testament are acknowledged by the singing of Psalms, and by the reading of the First Lesson from the Old Testament. The Choir then sing Magnificat, the Blessed Virgin Mary’s words of praise, as recorded by St Luke, when she had been greeted by Elizabeth as the Mother of the Lord. The Second Lesson is from the New Testament. The Choir sings Nunc Dimittis, again from St Luke’s Gospel, the words of Simeon when he recognised the infant Christ as the light of the nations and the glory of Israel. After an affirmation of faith in the Creed, there are more sung prayers and an Anthem.

The cathedrals and other great churches of the Anglican Communion maintain a strong choral tradition, of which the singing of Evensong on most days of the week is an important part. As is customary at Choral Evensong, much of the service is sung by the Choir alone to special settings. We are all invited to make or own offering of worship in every part of the service, whether we ourselves are silent, listening, speaking or singing. We do not remain seated if attending a concert, but as worshippers we stand for the canticles, hymn and Creed, sit to hear Gods’ word, and kneel or sit to pray.

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